Grade 4

  • Students would benefit from daily academics. You can create a schedule that will work best for your family. Try to incorporate reading, writing, creativity and movement each day.  The classroom teacher will be reaching out to students to share the expectations for the week. Here is an example of a daily schedule for May 18 - 22.


English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Your classroom teacher will let you know which two assignments you should complete and turn in. 

    Community Read:

    Book cover for Fish in a Tree Watch the book trailer here. 

    We will begin reading/listening to the first chapters of the book, Fish in a Tree, starting next week. (May 26-29)


    Describe in depth a character, setting or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in text. (e.g. a character’s thoughts, words or actions). (4.RL.3)

    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text; identify and explain the effects of figurative language such as metaphors and similes. (4.RL.4)

    Instructional Resource:

    The 8 types of figurative language

    Story Elements PowToon


    Listen to the video on the The 8 types of figurative language.  Then, read aloud the following sentences below.

    1. The willow tree branches danced and swayed to the movement of the wind.
    2. Mary’s marvelous mother merrily made many melodies magnificently!
    3. The birth of the beautiful baby tugged at my heartstrings.
    4. “Screetch, woof, eek!” chorused the barnyard animals at the sound of thunder on that dark, stormy night.
    5. The cat’s heart beat like a drum as it raced up the tree to escape from the dog.
    6. Her heart is pure gold.
    7. The lion in the Wizard of Oz appeared courageously weak as he met with the flying monkeys in the forest.
    8. Paul Bunyan was so strong and powerful that he managed to cut down the forest in a single day without even breaking a sweat.

    Create a list on a document or a sheet of paper numbered 1 through 8 and identify the kind of figurative language each sentence shows in the examples below. Think about the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the sentences.  Students may use the word bank to help them recall and spell the 8 types of figurative language.

    Word Bank:   simile     metaphor       onomatopoeia   oxymoron   

                          idiom      alliteration     personification   hyperbole

    Bonus: Choose any four types of figurative language and create your own original sentence to apply the skill. Use the examples from the video and assignment to guide you.

    Learning Activity: 

    First, view the instructional video titled:  Story Elements PowToon.  Next, listen to the read aloud ofThe Empty Pot.  As you listen to the story being read to you, take some notes using a graphic organizer.  You can create your own organizer by folding a sheet of white paper into fourths.  In each box include the heading for each story element including: characters, setting, plot, problem and solution.  You may flip over your organizer to continue your work on the back side for more space. Following the story, write a retelling of The Empty Pot including all five story elements with specific details from the story summarized in your own words.  The written retelling should be a minimum of one page double spaced on a google document or a sheet of lined paper.

Movement/Physical Education

  • At least 30 minutes of movement each day (see ideas below)

    Movement/Physical Education Choices:

    • “UNO” Fitness! Use these instructions to make Uno cards into a fun workout: 

    Yellow - Jumping Jacks

    Green -Toe Raises 

    Red - 20 second planks 

    Blue -push ups 

    Action cards -10 of your choice

    • Play rock-paper-scissors with someone in your family.  If you win, take a victory lap around the inside or outside of your house.  If you lose, do a wall sit while you wait for them to finish their victory lap..  (wall sit - using the wall like the back of a chair, bend legs so you look like you are sitting on a chair)  Together you can come up with other exercises to do when you win or lose for a change of pace. What exercise ideas can you come up with?
    • Workout 1: 15 Minute Home Workout | The Body Coach Beginner Workout Series     
    • PE With Joe  - Wheel of Fortune


  • Do one activity (see ideas below)

    Science Choices - See Activity below

    • Watch the video, “Biome in a Baggie.”   If you can’t watch this video, you can build your own biome using the bottom of a plastic soda bottle(cut off the top so you can build your biome), somes rocks or pebbles (these are the first layer in the bottom of the soda bottle), some soil, some seeds (grass seed or bean seeds work well), enough water to moisten the soil (until you see it get to the pebbles under the soil) and a resealable bag.  Can you explain how the seed in your biome gets the nutrients it needs to grow? Continue to monitor your biome and note what you see happening.

Social Studies

  • Social Studies Choices - See Activity below

    • Just like today, people immigrate to the United States from many other places. Listen a long to Coming to America,  an informational book about the history of immigration to America. The author, Betsy Maestro, who used to be a teacher herself, explains how immigration to America began long before discovery of the Americas. Maestro highlights many different cultures emigrating from their home countries to America.  What are some things that you would choose to bring along if you moved to a new country? Why do you care so much about these things? What is good about having people in our community from many different backgrounds? What happens when people with different backgrounds come together in one place?


  • Do one activity (see ideas below)

    Art Choices:

    • Draw a still life.  Set up 3-5 of your favorite things in an interesting arrangement and draw them.
    • Create a positive and negative space drawing.  Find an interesting flat object, like scissors, and trace them multiple times onto your paper.  You can overlap your tracing.  Then, fill the negative space (any space that is not your object) with a pattern of your choice. 
    • Learn about complementary colors.  Click on this link and Watch the video The Ballad of Red and Green Then show your knowledge of the 3 pairs of complementary colors. Use art materials like markers or crayons OR items from around the house. See examples here


Social and Emotional Learning

  • Social and Emotional Learning  - See Activity below

    Introducing Emotional Management

    Young girl looks angry

    Lesson 12 Calming Down Anger

    Practice deep, centered breathing with a family member. Think about some situations during the week when it might be helpful to use deep, centered breathing. 

    Calm down poster